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Poster: Fact_Checker Date: Sep 21, 2009 3:54pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: 'Death Rides a Horse'

It may not just be that others are letting their misunderstanding influence them to believe the explanation that most supports the position that a work is in the public domain. Sometimes it seems that people are deliberately putting misinformation into Wikipedia to act as "proof" to excuse their infringements. Keeping in mind that anyone can edit Wikipedia, what is to stop someone from deliberately labeling a film as "public domain," copying it for profit, then pointing to the Wikipedia entry (which these people were careful to alter using an account that can't be traced back to them) to exonerate themselves from the charge that they didn't conduct copyright research? I don't know if this has actually happened, but there have been some suspicious titles declared to be "public domain" contrary to what these people would have found in Film Superlist and the C.O. records.